Month: March 2017

Wilson Park master plan unveiled by city at chamber coffee March 30

The City of Arkansas City has released an official master plan for Wilson Park, including the property that once housed the city-owned hospital. During Thursday morning’s Arkansas City Area Chamber of Commerce coffee, City Manager Nick Hernandez shared plans for the property. The first, most obvious change that will be […]

Three-bean salad a scrumptious springtime snack, also cans and keeps well

Spring is officially here, which means fresh vegetables, fruits and legumes will be available before we know it. When my great-grandmother harvested her garden or was able to buy these ingredients from the store, this is a salad that she made in bulk. If made from fresh ingredients, this three-bean […]

Arkansas City Fire-EMS Department seeks paramedics to fill shortage

The Arkansas City Fire-EMS Department is looking for a few good recruits. Due to attrition, ACFD has been understaffed for more than six months. Right now, the most pressing need is for more paramedics. “We’re having trouble finding paramedics,” said Fire Chief Bobby Wolfe. “It’s a problem not unique to […]

McDonald’s Used Books ranked fourth on list of top 10 Kansas bookstores

McDonald’s Used Books recently was ranked fourth on a list of the top 10 bookstores in Kansas. “It doesn’t matter if you are an avid reader or a once-in-a-while reader, you are always welcome to browse the books shelved at McDonald’s Used Books in Arkansas City,” Cindy Lockstone said in […]

Medicaid expansion vetoed by Brownback despite passing House, Senate

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback has vetoed Medicaid expansion for the state, citing the costs of doing so as one of the reasons he chose to kill the expansion after it passed through both the Kansas House and Senate. “The cost of expanding Medicaid under Obamacare is irresponsible and unsustainable. … […]

Havig’s Meddlin’ Madeline returns in superb sequel, “Such a Tease”

Chautona Havig’s Meddlin’ Madeline is back in “Such a Tease.” There is very little I want to say about the plot of this novel, seeing as it is the second in the series and I don’t want to spoil anything for future readers. But the novel was such an enjoyable […]

Wilson Park master plan to be unveiled this week

The Wilson Park Master Plan, which was unveiled Monday night to members of City advisory boards, will be made public later this week at several events. The first opportunity to view the plan will be offered to members of the Arkansas City Area Chamber of Commerce at this week’s chamber […]

No foolin’: Cowley County Health and Safety Fair free to public April 1

The Cowley County Health and Safety Fair will be from 9 a.m. to noon April 1 at the Agri-Business Building, located at 712 W. Washington Ave. The event is open to the public and free to attend. “The annual Health and Safety Fair is the single best occasion for Cowley […]

Sundin’s “When Tides Turn” a fun, fast-paced historical fiction novel

Sarah Sundin’s When Tides Turn is a fun, fast-paced historical fiction novel. The main character, Tess, wants to be seen as more than a pretty face as she joins the newly created Navy WAVES. She has her eyes set on no-nonsense Lt. Dan Avery, whose sole focus is his work — though […]

Circus coming to Arkansas City with two Cirque Mundial shows March 30

The circus is coming to Arkansas City — Cirque Mundial, that is. This circus is made up of fifth-generation performers. Their Facebook page boasts their performance as “an exciting, fun-filled family show for everyone to enjoy.” Free children’s tickets are available in several downtown locations, including the lobby of Ark […]